McClain County’s measure to pay for a new jail and public safety center isn’t your typical bond issue.

First of all, it needs only a simple majority – 50 percent plus one vote – to pass.

In comparison, school bonds fail if they don’t get at least 60 percent of the votes.

Wilson Lyles, county commissioner chairman, said Tuesday the $23.75 million bond issue is under five mills.

For every $100,000 of assessed value, property owners  can expect to see their tax bills increase $4.90 per month.

That comes to an annual increase of $58.80.

The county wants to build the center on land northwest of Purcell on State Highway 74.

The center will have 50,605 square feet and will include a new 220-bed jail, sheriff’s department, emergency management and 911 call center.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition, early voting will be offered today (Thursday) and Friday at the McClain County Election Board in the courthouse.

Those hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking spaces on the east side of the courthouse will be reserved for voters. 

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